I was doing a bit of research on a Polish Mauser and I stumbled on this forum. Wow!
I thought that some members might find my little horde of ammo interesting.
About 30 years ago I was a very active cartridge collector. I was at a gun show in Chicago and I came upon some boxed pre-war Polish 8MM Mauser ammo. I bought it all. Another more knowledgeable collector told me he thought they had come from the middle-east, where they had been sold off as surplus after WWII.
The boxes are all full, here are pictures of each of the different boxes I have.
The headstamps on the cartridges in the 1930 dated box are: Pk/29/DZ/67/
I guess the cases were made in 1929 and loaded in 1930, 67 indicates a brass cartridge case with an alloy of 67% copper, an expedient developed by the Germans during WWI.
The headstamps on the cartridges in the 1937 dated box labeled “WYTW. AM. No 1” are: N/36/N/67/
The headstamps on the cartridges in the 1939 dated box labeled “scal. III. 1939 rok” are: Pk/37/N/67/
Again it looks like the cases were made in 1937 but not loaded until 1939.
7.92X107MM Polish Anti-Tank Rifle Cartridge, shown next to a 8X57MM Mauser round for comparison.
The headstamp of the 7.92X107MM round is: eagle 38 N 67
Can anyone tell me who the manufacturers were? What the loads were? I suspect “Sc” is the equivalent of the German Ss load, a 196 grain bullet, it looks like one box is the old “S” load, a 150 grain bullet, were these made for different weapons or did one replace the other?
I do not know if these would be considered rare, I have never seen any others.
I can’t help but get a little melancholy looking at them; I would rather that they had been shot off back in 1939. But I guess you can understand.
Regards from Alaska,